Legends of Sport

In this series we celebrate Southland's unsung heroes: those people who work hard behind the scenes for their sport or club.

Unsung heroes: it's your time
In every sport and in every club you will probably find that person who behind the scenes ensures everything gets done. They go about their task but few even know about it. However, we at The Southland Times want that to change through our Legends of Sport series.


Jones has given much to the sport he loves
Evan Jones is a long-serving legend in the world of Southland athletics.


Organised woman behind every good man
Widow of "The Fastest Old Man in the World" enjoys on-going love affair with athletics.


Changing gear after such a long run
Ron Barron's name is synonymous with Southland harness racing but there is much more to his sporting, community and business background than that.


Barron's influence covers full spectrum
Ron Barron's name is synonymous with Southland harness racing but there is much more to his sporting, community and business background than that.


Passion for sport
Ron Barron's name is synonymous with Southland harness racing but there is much more to his sporting, community and business background than that.


Commentary with good humour
Commentator Peter Templeton reckons three particular qualities have stood him in good stead on the Southland-Otago bushcraft circuit and at shows and sports meetings.


Keeping the sport afloat
Semi-retired businessman Cliff Buchanan of Te Anau and other rowing enthusiasts are focusing on exploiting the third time lucky proverb with the proposed Fiordland Rowing Club.


Hamilton humbled by honour
Invercargill Rowing Club has developed into an impressive sporting organisation with plenty of success on and off the water. A driver behind that success is Ian Hamilton.


Second choice proves to be a winner
Cycling identity Doug Bath doesn't want to be known as the last from his province to win the coveted Tour of Southland.


Laidlaw: legend on sportsfield and in community
Former All Black and current Living Legend, Kevin Laidlaw has done so much for sport, the community and conservation, Don Wright discovers. He now has another title to add to his name.


All because there was no cricket
Fifty-one years after Dave Burgess first sent down a lawn bowl he still remains heavily involved with the sport, and he can now be regarded a Legend of Sport.



Love affair with cricket began as a schoolboy
Ian Folster's love of cricket is widely known and is unlikely to wane, nor is his passion for the sport's Golden Oldies concept


No sign of Gerry slowing down
Education and sport dominate the life of Menzies College principal Gerry Ward, a tireless voluntary worker for children in sport.


Distinguished career still thriving
Swimming administration and officialdom has taken enthusiast Lyn Sutherland, of Invercargill, to many corners of the globe, but her love and support of the sport shows no signs of waning.


Salwart settles into walk of life
Margarette Sutton's lifetime passion for running has been boundless, but wear and tear are catching up with her as she slows down to a walk.


Love of rugby as deep as ever
Alastair Tait's voluntary contribution to rugby in Southland would be the equal of any and more extensive than most.


Legends of the Faul
Southland's reputation as a bastion of harness racing is indebted to countless volunteers who have made the sport tick. One of those hard-working volunteers is Murray Faul.


Love of the oval ball
Rugby Southland president Donald Hay played in every position in the provincial pack except hooker over three decades.


Stalwart believes mergers necessary
Star Rugby Football Club co-patron and sporting identity Bob Donnelly says clubs now face a tough row to hoe.


Big-time supporter
Ohai Nightcaps' leading lady, Rayleen Hogg, is part of an influential club family.



Straight shooter helping others
When it comes to the sport of target shooting there are few with the commitment and passion of Jan Manson.


Stalwart revels in his life cycle
Cycling Southland patron Tony Ineson values many items of memorabilia that mark his many achievements in the sport, but one in particular stands out.


Deserved honour for decades of rowing service
Waihopai Rowing Club's devoted administrator, Peter Sinclair, is the sport's latest identity to win accolades with deserved national recognition.


Darts pierced Digger's heart
Dale Frampton threw his first dart into a board as a 13-year-old and 52 years later he is now engrossed in high-profile and demanding administration of the sport.


Accolades flow as Williams moves north
Football identity Phil Williams has been lost to Southland after a 26-year voluntary coaching and managing contribution that earned him many accolades.


For Robertson, Riverton is the best
Riverton identity and justice of the peace Graeme Robertson's lifelong love of sport is reflected in the six life memberships bestowed on him.


Forde harnesses his energy with silverbeet
Harness racing identity and Southland Rugby Referees Association life member Bernie Forde is a seemingly tireless man for his age.


Suttons making a splash
Swim Southland patron and life member John Sutton has unselfishly devoted a large part of his life to teaching young Southlanders to be safe in the water.


'Stumpy' just keeps giving to community
The man they warmly call "Stumpy" has served a staggering 50 years on the committee of the Star Rugby Football Club.


Softball diamonds are forever
One way or another, Elaine Karsten has been associated with softball for 58 years - first as a player and now as an administrator and official.


A life dedicated to sports and administration
The Star Rugby Club would not be the same without the hard work of Lindsay Bell. However, as sports writer Don Wright explains, it isn't just rugby into which he has poured in many volunteer hours as we introduce to you our latest Legend of Sport.


O'Connor: first lady of rugby
Noeline O'Connor stepped into foreign territory when she joined the Waikiwi Rugby Club. Logan Savory outlines her 38-year journey with the club and explains why she is this week's Legend of Sport.


Passion and understanding ignite on court
Bert Tobia has been a tireless contributor in women's age-group basketball in Southland over the past 20 years. Brendon Egan finds out where the long-serving coach's passion comes from.


Wrights Bush bucks the trend
They don't come much more committed than Paul Nicholson. Logan Savory explains just how much he does for the Wrights Bush Rugby Club and why he is this week's Legend of Sport.


Volunteer goes extra mile
Ever wondered what drives a man to give freely of his time hour after hour on a voluntary basis? Don Wright catches up with this week's Legend of Sport, Bill Anderson.


Tall's tracks leave pioneering mark
Laurie Tall isn't just an institution in Southland cycling: in many ways, he is Southland cycling. After all, how many people can claim to have been involved in a sport for 69 years?


Faithfull still not out after long innings
Since Allan Faithfull left school and joined the Invercargill Cricket Club in 1976 the sport of cricket has absorbed his life. As a player, volunteer administrator and keen supporter of the game, Faithfull has poured many hours into helping make cricket prosper in the south.

Munro's lifetime devoted to football
Stu Munro's lifelong fascination with football may have never started, had it not been for a cancelled rugby game 57 years ago. He remembers how devastated he felt when he arrived at Appleby Park on a Saturday morning as a 10-year-old, to find out South School's rugby game had
been postponed.

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